2D Faculty

CAROL KAZWICK; Department Chair – Paper Arts

Carol is a Chicago area based mixed media artist and instructor in hand papermaking and collage. Her artwork revolves around the themes of the natural world, landscape and the past. She holds a B.A. in art from North Central College and exhibits her work extensively in the Midwest. 


Maria was born and raised in Bulgaria. At the age of 17 , she moved to the US with her family and since then has pursued art as her career. Her education background is in Graphic Design along with Fine Art classes at College of Dupage and a variety of workshops. She started exhibiting her artwork at the age of 19 and hasn’t stopped creating and showing her work since then. She is not only an aspiring artist, but an avid birdwatcher, which is what drives her to create vivid oil paintings to express the experience of birdwatching.


Marisol Cervantes was born in Aurora, IL in 1996. She is an artist who is exploring miscommunication and human interactions through abstract painting and ceramic sculpture. After receiving her B.S. in Art at Northern Illinois University (2019), she knew she wanted to continue her education. Marisol received her MFA from Northern Illinois University in (2022). Marisol works primarily with oil and acrylic paints on canvas. She is also passionate about sculpture, textures, and mixed media. Her work can be seen on Instagram: marisolcervantesart


Fatima was born in Brazil, and lived most of her life in Rio de Janeiro.
Her interest in the combination of pencil drawing, color, and landscapes view was evident at an early age, when she regularly created drawings of all the houses and yards in her neighborhood. In 1980 Fatima graduated with a degree in Industrial Design from Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. After
graduation, Fatima worked in Industrial Design for over twenty years.
In 1999, a corporate relocation brought Fatima and her family to United States, Geneva, IL, and brushes and paints captured her attention once again.
Fatima began to paint watercolors as a means of expanding her techniques and integrating her varied artistic interests. She studied with several Chicago-area artists.


"Gabriela Guganovic is a native Hungarian artist living and working in St Charles. Passionate about art and photography she continuously created images in her free time and successfully exhibited and published her photography in Poland. After her move to Chicago in 2005 she earned a Certificate in Photography Technology with Highest Honors at the College of DuPage. She exhibits her work in Europe and the USA and is featured in art magazines internationally. You can view her work at gabrielafineartphotography.com. 


Kimberly Mullarkey received her BFA in drawing and printmaking from University of California, Santa Cruz and her MFA from NIU. She also completed the Botanical Art Certificate program at The Morton Arboretum. She is a Signature Member of the Colored Pencil Society of America. Kimberly works in several mediums and continues to make sketching a daily part of her day. 


Karlana Pedersen is a multi-media artist, commercial designer, acrylic painter, and photographer. Owner of parent company, Karlana Pedersen LLC, and its two art brand divisions, Art Maiden™ and Karlana Pedersen Art & Photography. Karlana’s work includes her love for bright colors and textural designs represented in her original acrylic abstract art and digital art print illustrations. Karlana has over ten years experience as a commercial artist and photographer in Chicago and Minneapolis. Karlana’s ability to capture and create her unique blend of stylized fine art images for her clients has created a loyal base of customers and art enthusiasts throughout the US.

CAROL ZACK; Oil Pastel   

Carol Zack is a Chicago area artist whose background includes a BA and MA in Art Education. She started her career teaching art in Rantoul, Illinois and also taught art at the University of Illinois and Ball State University. Carol also worked as a visual merchant at Sears Corporate, but recently started her own art business, creating oil pastel paintings, teaching, and exhibiting. Website: www.zackartistry.com.